Assistant Corporation Counsel

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Chicago

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel  (ACC) in the Legal Information and Prosecutions (LIP) Division to prosecute Chicago Municipal Code violations in Cook County Circuit Court, namely in Traffic Court and Branch Courts, and at the City’s Department of Administrative Hearings.  Additionally, the attorney will defend administrative decisions from the City’s Department of Administrative Hearings filed as an administrative appeal in Circuit Court. The ACC will work under the general supervision of the Division’s Supervisors, Chief, and Deputy.  Duties will include, but are not limited to, trying cases; conducting hearings; researching and writing motions, memoranda and briefs; litigating administrative appeals; arguing motions; engaging in settlement negotiations; working closely with client departments; reviewing and analyzing files in a variety of cases; and recommending appropriate courses of action.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at (Job Number: 308095).


Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before June 2018 and admission to the Illinois Bar or sat for the July 2018 Illinois Bar Examination (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Superior writing, research, and editing skills;
  • Superior communication skills (written/verbal);
  • Experience in counseling and advising clients;
  • Some administrative proceeding or Circuit Court courtroom experience;
  • The ability to work well with others;
  • Demonstrated use of sound judgment;
  • The ability to exhibit initiative on assigned tasks; and
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before October 9, 2018.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by October 9, 2018.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent), if applicable OR proof that you sat for the July 2018 Illinois Bar Examination.

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before October 9, 2018; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.  Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE REGARDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials.  Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above.  Submission of references and/or additional materials with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is October 9, 2018.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources.  Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.